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Questions about the SL66

Postby Hilo » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:05 pm

Hello,

This is my first post here. I have looked around for answers to my question, here and on the net, but I don't get very far. I am a professional photographer living from (b&w fiber) print sales and I have looked at the SL66 numerous times in the past.

In short my question: what about working with a 4,5X6 vertical film back on the SL66 ?

Is anyone here doing that?

Apart from wanting to know how rare this 4,5X6 back is, I would like to hear something about how practical this operates.

Are you still looking through the square viewfinder? Are there way to give the viewfinder the "portrait" orientation?

Thanks, Michael
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Re: Questions about the SL66

Postby JanBoettcher » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:26 pm

The vertical 4,5x6 magazine ... I think I saw it once or twice. Great collectors' item!

A neat solution in search of a problem.
Why not just mask off the sides in the viewfinder and expose the entire 6x6 on the film?
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Re: Questions about the SL66

Postby Hilo » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:19 pm

Thanks Jan,

That would not work for me, for more than one reason: you'd miss out on the 15 shots per film, and you would not be able to print the black borders that surround negatives.
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Re: Questions about the SL66

Postby JanBoettcher » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:44 pm

The *vertical* (portrait orientation) 4,5x6cm back #560 130 for SL 66 should give you [b]12[/b] shots 4,5x6 on 120 film (indeed with broad unexposed stripes on each side). So, only the black borders on the print remain.

The *horizontal* (landscape orientation) 4,5x6cm back #560 110 for SL 66 (later #560 135 for SL 66 E and even later #560 380 for SL 66 SE) should give you 16 (or "almost 16") shots 4,5x6 on 120 film. Using the SL 66 90° slanted? Maybe with the 45° prism? I think, I'd rather search another way for prints with black borders (or use a 6008 integral with the "new" Mag 4560 in portrait orientation).
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Re: Questions about the SL66

Postby Hilo » Fri May 01, 2015 2:06 am

Thanks again Jan,

To be honest, it never came to me that it would work like you say. I just assumed you'd end up with the usual 15 images on a 120 film. My mistake and what a pity. It takes most of my interest away from this idea, as I often print dyptichs from these negatives, doing two in one go with black borders and all.

I will look into the 6008 ! You mean to say this one's 4560 back works like any 4,5X6 camera?
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Re: Questions about the SL66

Postby JanBoettcher » Sat May 02, 2015 6:38 am

There are two 4,5x6 backs for the 6000 series.
- a traditional one (regular shape with blinds), giving 4,5x6 landscape-pics
- a newish 4,5x6 back, with own motor for film transport, that needs an adapter-frame and will fit 6001, 6008 integral, intetgral II and AF and 6003 profesional (not the 6003 SRC 1000"!) and may be used / switched portrait / landscape. It will not work on SLX, 6006, 6002, 6008 professional, 6008 SRC 1000 and the very first series 6008 integral.

With that back a 6008 integral will work like a 4,5x6 camera and you just take off the back (close darkslide first), turn it 90° and switch the orientation.

Try to find more information before hunting one! ;-)
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Re: Questions about the SL66

Postby Hilo » Sun May 03, 2015 6:49 am

Jan,

It is kind of you to explain! Yes, I will not just start buying into this system. Instead I will read more and move towards having one of these cameras in my hands.

Michael
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